The Art of Accompaniment in Formation
From the New Ratio Fundamentalis:
“Seminarians need to be accompanied in a personal way in the various stages of their journey by those entrusted with the work of formation, each according to his proper role and competence. The purpose of personal accompaniment is to carry out vocational discernment and to form the missionary disciple” (#44).
“Personal accompaniment, which has docibilitas to the Holy Spirit as its goal, is an indispensable means of formation” (#45).
“The gaze of the Good Shepherd, who seeks out, walks alongside and leads his sheep, will form a serene, prudent and compassionate outlook in him. He will exercise his ministry with a disposition of serene openness and attentive accompaniment in all situations… In this way he will know how to offer pathways of faith with little steps, that can more easily be understood and accepted” (#120).
“As a member of the People of God, the priest is called to cultivate his missionary zeal, exercising his pastoral responsibility with humility as an authoritative leader, teacher of the Word and minister of the sacraments, practicing his spiritual fatherhood fruitfully” (#33).
“The Seminary community is indeed a family, marked by an atmosphere that favors friendship and fraternity” (#52).
- Bishop Andrew Cozzens, S.T.D., Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN
- Sr. Marysia Weber, R.S.M., Ph.D., D.O., Vicar for Religious, Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO
- Mentoring: building formative environments
- The role of internal and external fora
- Fostering spiritual communion